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  • Skills You Need to Run Well

    Skills you need to run well.

    You've probably realized already that being a runner is not just going out and running.

    Having success (happiness?) as an athlete is a combination of many small tasks and skills thrown together.

    These are the little things.

    Things we may not realize early on in our running, but they tend to always show up either on purpose or on their own.

    Perhaps one of the below skills needs bit of a refresher in your head? Hopefully you can recognize this and take the reminder to heart!

    Ability to Run Easy

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  • Reflections on the Easy Run

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    Easy runs may be the most ignored characteristic of a person's training.

    But I get it. What's exciting about running for an hour easy?!?!

    Yet, whether you're running 20 miles a week or 100 miles a week, miles at an easy effort should make up 75% of your total weekly volume.

    If this type of run makes up such a large chunk of your weekly mileage, why is all the focus on tempo runs, threshold workouts, or track repeats?

    Probably because a) those workouts are more fun to think about & b) ...

  • From Amateur to Advanced

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    For those looking to simply enjoy the run, going out and running whatever feels good on that day is a great plan.

    However, for anyone looking to seriously improve upon their running fitness, proper planning and progression must be taken in to account.

    Simply going out and running will only get you so far in the way of PRs and the time will come when this "plan" will stop working. The day this happens is the day you are no longer a newb.

    Here's what comes next:

    Increase Volume

    This is likely ...

  • To give anything less than your best is to sacrifice the gift

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    Steve Prefontaine said that, years ago.

    Possibly the most quoted running quote...ever?

    It holds as a good reminder of how lucky we are to be able to enjoy the sport of running, and to not take it for granted.

    However, I feel it is also often misunderstood. To do your best is not always to do your hardest. Like time, your best is relative.

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    During a track workout, doing your best may mean running at 110% of 5k pace for a number of 400m repetitions. No need to go faster, but you would prefer ...

  • Spicing Up the Long Run

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    Few things in running are more consistent than the weekend long run.

    One can easily get into the habit of getting lazy with this workout and just going out for 2-3 hours at an easy pace.

    Recently I was talking to an athlete with a Boston qualifying marathon time, who said she has never done anything but "get the miles in" during her long runs.

    If your weekend long run has become a dreaded boredom induced two hour slog, I'd suggest you take a peak at the below suggestions to spice it up a ...

  • How to adjust your running for the winter

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    Most high-profile events of the year are past, yet there are still plenty of shorter races this season.

    Thanksgiving is the most raced day in the United States, and then you often have races both on Christmas and New Years as well.

    If you wish to perform to the best of your abilities at these events, you must continue training into these winter months to stay sharp. When comparing winter and summer training and racing, there are a number of considerations of which you must be mindful.

    Mental ...

  • What to do in the "off-season"

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    Running is a winter sport that is merely played out in the summer.

    What this means is that the final long run you do 3 weeks out from your marathon that you spend hours trying to decide the distance of matters little.

    The 4 month training plan you do before the A race of the year is important, no doubt. However it still may matter less than what you do during the 4-6 months before that training plan.

    For many, the big off-season question is what the heck should I do?!?

    And that's a completely ...

  • Your next running breakthrough

    It's likely you've had a breakthrough moment in your life.

    This may have occurred in your running, while you were learning a new skill, or at work.

    Whatever the breakthrough was in, you likely did something or changed something before the big development to help trigger the gain. Looking back can be a helpful learning experience for yourself and others who are making strides to improve a similar endeavor.

    Recently at the forums on LetsRun.com, a discussion started on the topic of asking forum ...

  • If You Can't Be Seen, Forget 'bout the Foot Race

    For many runners, summertime is a joy: plenty of warmth, no snow/ice to deal with, and hours upon hours of daylight. When that summer fades into fall and then winter, that light becomes precious. With the ever-increasing darkness each day, staying visible can mean the difference between a successful winter training season and months of forced treadmill time.

    Assume You Can’t Be Seen

    It’s important that runners be aware of how hard they are to spot while out at night. Drivers, distracted ...

  • Socks or No Socks in SKORA?

    A common question we get about our shoes, is about your socks.

    We've designed our footwear to be as seamless and smooth inside as possible, all in an effort to reduce the potential areas for hot spots to develop on your feet.

    This also opens up the possibility to go sockless in our footwear, if one so desires.

    There are a number of benefits to wearing socks, because they may keep the...
    1) shoes cleaner by absorbing sweat.
    2) feet warmer in the winter since they can help insulate.
    3) feet ...

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